Girls in Their Summer Clothes

Album: Magic (2007)
Charted: 95
Play Video
  • Well the street lights shine
    Down on Blessing Avenue
    Lovers they walk by
    Holdin' hands two by two

    A breeze crosses the porch
    Bicycle spokes spin 'round
    Jacket's on, I'm out the door
    Tonight I'm gonna burn this town down

    And the girls in their summer clothes
    In the cool of the evening light
    The girls in their summer clothes
    Pass me by

    Kid's rubber ball smacks
    Off the gutter 'neath the lamp light
    Big bank clock chimes
    Off go the sleepy front porch lights

    Downtown the store's alive
    As the evening's underway
    Things been a little tight
    But I know they're gonna turn my way

    And the girls in their summer clothes
    In the cool of the evening light
    The girls in their summer clothes
    Pass me by

    Frankie's Diner's
    Over on the edge of town
    Neon sign spinnin' round
    Like a cross over the lost and found

    Fluorescent lights
    Flicker above Bob's Grill
    Shaniqua brings a coffee and asks "fill?"
    And says "penny for your thoughts now my boy Bill"

    She went away
    She cut me like a knife
    Hello beautiful thing
    Maybe you could save my life

    In just a glance
    Down here on Magic Street
    Love's a fool's dance
    I ain't got much sense but I still got my feet

    And the girls in their summer clothes
    In the cool of the evening light
    The girls in their summer clothes
    Pass me by

    And the girls in their summer clothes
    In the cool of the evening light
    The girls in their summer clothes
    Pass me by

    La la la la, la la la la la la la
    La la la la, la la la la la la la
    La la la la, la la la la la la la
    La la la la, la la la la la la la Writer/s: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 5

  • Matt from Ft. Lauderdale, FlBest song on Magic!
  • Beestonpoet from Leeds, United Kingdomi'd say the song is about a guy on the beach remembering the good old days when the girls in their summer clothes didn't just pass him by . its kinda got a sadness an desperation about it. some guy who is lonley an on the prowl but things been little tight .. but he still hoping things gonna turn his way. its an amazing song ..an one of them songs that you play an it takes u to another place with its music an imaginary ..i always seem to skip to this one the most when playing MAGIC ..its like a song that i get something new from it with each play
  • Ekristheh from Halath, United StatesI think both Gene and Jerry have it right. I hear both.
  • Gene from San Diego, CaNo, I don't see it as the previous person sees it. The theme of the album is anti-war. Thus, when I hear the song, I think of a soldier who has returned from war to his hometown. However, upon his return, he finds that he no longer fits. While reflecting upon his former stomping grounds, he meets another woman, "Shaniqua", and falls for her. Therefore, he reignites his former self.
  • Jerry from Pittsburgh, PaGirls in their summer clothes is yet another ode to the blue collar working class anti hero. Just another lament to what might have been but alas eluded the grasp. Springsteen should be viewed, in my opinion as the consumate poet for our times. He's managed to grow older with grace and proper perspective. The fatalistic and downtrodden youth of Born To Run, Darkness On The Edge Of Town, and The River, has graduated to the acceptance of what actually happens to those that are decidedly not the privileged few. We can decide for ourselves whether it's a sad ending or a life well lived. The Boss is clearly the best.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Dave Edmunds

Dave EdmundsSongwriter Interviews

A renowned guitarist and rock revivalist, Dave took "I Hear You Knocking" to the top of the UK charts and was the first to record Elvis Costello's "Girls Talk."

Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear: Teddy Bears and Teddy Boys in Songs

Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear: Teddy Bears and Teddy Boys in SongsSong Writing

Elvis, Little Richard and Cheryl Cole have all sung about Teddy Bears, but there is also a terrifying Teddy song from 1932 and a touching trucker Teddy tune from 1976.

Daryl Hall

Daryl HallSongwriter Interviews

Daryl Hall's TV show is a hit, and he's been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - only one of these developments excites him.

Grunge Bands Quiz

Grunge Bands QuizMusic Quiz

If the name Citizen Dick means anything to you, there's a chance you'll get some of these right.

Band Names

Band NamesFact or Fiction

Was "Pearl" Eddie Vedder's grandmother, and did she really make a hallucinogenic jam? Did Journey have a contest to name the group? And what does KISS stand for anyway?

Harry Wayne Casey of KC and The Sunshine Band

Harry Wayne Casey of KC and The Sunshine BandSongwriter Interviews

Harry Wayne Casey tells the stories behind KC and The Sunshine Band hits like "Get Down Tonight," "That's The Way (I Like It)," and "Give It Up."